No Water Falls And Waterfalls

22 Aug


Thursday was peculiar: it didn’t rain at all.  No dampness, no water.  

Naturally, the first thing we did was go find some.

Our neighbour had mentioned Dyserth Falls, just a couple of miles from the camp site.  It was lovely.  If you fancy a visit to a pretty sight, it’s worth the 40p donation, which is all they ask.  They trust you to drop it in the box on the way over to the waterfall.  

Waterfalls are boring, unless you are a photographer.  We – the children, the dogs and me – left the Hub doing his thing and climbed the steepest steps I ever met outside of one drunken night in 1986.  Great view of the countryside; none at all of the top of the waterfall, which was well hidden by trees, for safety.

We went back to the Hub, still doing his thing, and waited.  Waterfalls are pretty but boring.  Photographers are pretty boring.

Eventually, the Hub heard our whining and joined us for bacon baps on the bench, from the little shop/café that serves tourists.

The Hungry Tamed

The service was outstanding.  We wanted to buy a couple of sausages for the dogs (they were also on holiday) but they couldn’t be sold without the buns and that would have been a waste.  When the woman came with a huge bowl of water for the dogs (which Toby managed to fall into), she brought two date-expired sausage rolls, not fit for human consumption but perfect for slavering pooches, free of charge (we gave them the meat only; no pastry.  They might have been on holiday but we still watched their waistlines) .

Dyserth Falls: definitely recommended.

Next, we went to Rhyl so the kids could spend their money.  I bought something unnecessary and frivolous, which I haven’t done in years.  A scarf with rings, butterflies and things, for a fiver.  I’ll have to take a pic for you, when I wear it.  I may never wear it because it’s not really something I would ever wear, but I really liked it and I don’t regret the purchase.

Frivolity: definitely recommended.

It’s fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A, to the annoyance of complete strangers

Finally, a bit of culture.  We visited Rhuddlan Castle, meeting a lovely lady (M.B.E.) on the desk, who chatted to us for ages and admired our many and polite children.

Up on the ramparts, we spotted our shadows way down on the ground and the kids did an impromptu rendition of YMCA, leading another tourist to mutter ‘Pillocks!’ under his breath.  He obviously didn’t read the frivolity memo.

The kids compounded their crime by enthusiastically chasing and catching a runaway Labrador, to the owner’s gratitude; playing quoits with no skill whatsoever (the Hub put them to shame even though he was furthest away from the pole); and rolling gleefully if somewhat painfully down a steep hill, where it is entirely possible logs steeped in burning oil were once rolled to see off invaders.

Childhood: definitely to be enjoyed, even when you’re sixteen.

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48 Responses to “No Water Falls And Waterfalls”

  1. vivinfrance August 22, 2012 at 11:43 #

    Hub takes nice photos. I’ve stolen the YMCA one to a collection of shadow pix I’m making (duly credited of course) for a poem I’m working on.


  2. jmgoyder August 22, 2012 at 12:02 #

    I almost feel like I have been there myself!


  3. Tinman August 22, 2012 at 12:24 #

    I’ve done the rolling down the hill thing, at Powerscourt Gardens. I was about 30 at the time.
    And the guy who thought you were pillocks for the YMCA thing is a pillock himself, I think it was a brilliant idea.


  4. laurieanichols August 22, 2012 at 12:31 #

    The pictures are wonderful, it’s amazing how blue a sky can get after days of deluge. The hub takes really good pictures, it’s an art form knowing how to make a static thing visually interesting. Frivolity has an absolute place in one’s life and I look forward to seeing you wear the scarf, you were a model you know. It would be a good excuse for the Hub and you to go somewhere together not even fancy just somewhere out.


  5. mairedubhtx August 22, 2012 at 12:34 #

    I have always loved waterfalls.


  6. sharechair August 22, 2012 at 12:35 #

    Looks like a pretty place. But I’d never see it. I gave up steep steps a long time ago. 🙂


  7. kiwidutch August 22, 2012 at 12:57 #

    You know me,…. I’d be with Hub taking photos of waterfalls and castles everywhere!
    Wonderful castle… and whatever a “pillock” is , I’m sure you are not it! (I did think it meant a fish but apparently that’s a Pilchard LOL!)

    Some people just can’t stand other people having fun.. and they are KIDS so for heavens sake be happy they aren’t doing worse stuff like graffiti-ing the walls!

    You should have pointed at the ground and said to that guy “sir I believe you dropped something”.. when he looks and says “what?”you could reply, “your sense of humour” and then just walked away 🙂


  8. Janie Jones August 22, 2012 at 14:22 #

    Sounds like a ton of fun! I love the YMCA shadow picture. The “pillocks” muttering tourist is a killjoy. BTW, Rupert is jealous of the sausages.


  9. terry1954 August 22, 2012 at 14:44 #

    with the lack of water brought much fun and family memories. so glad you enjoyed that day with no rain!! and even the dogs got a treat!!!


  10. judithatwood August 22, 2012 at 16:04 #

    Sounds like a blast!


  11. Al August 22, 2012 at 16:44 #

    Enjoyed this post, Tilly and the pictures. What fascinating history your country has. Sorry you had an encounter with the frivolity police but at least no arrests were made.


  12. Pseu August 22, 2012 at 18:28 #

    How can you say waterfalls are boring? !

    Sounds like a wonderful day out. 🙂


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife August 23, 2012 at 08:01 #

      If you had to look at the same view for what seemed like eternity, I think you’d also be a little bored 🙂


      • Pseu August 23, 2012 at 08:57 #

        Cycloman has a camera, I do know what you mean, really 🙂


  13. Patti August 22, 2012 at 19:03 #

    Really pretty! Sounds like a fun trip.


  14. Elaine August 22, 2012 at 19:49 #

    Great post, and shows that you are never too old to have fun! Also, that having fun doesn’t need to cost shedloads of money. 🙂


  15. Hudson Howl August 22, 2012 at 19:50 #

    I’ve been following closely, as I have been working on my own camping story.


  16. Tom (Aquatom1968) August 22, 2012 at 20:15 #

    That’s the problem with other tourists nowadays, Tilly, they have no sense of fun whatsoever. I bet they were annoyed because you beat them to it, and they wanted to do the Birdie Song.


  17. viveka August 22, 2012 at 22:01 #

    To find the waterfall boring – hubby he made a pretty good job of the photos. Your family set up on the bench – great shot. Amazed how much you lot did .. considering all the rain. Well done. It’s a hard job to be a true tourist.


  18. Hattie August 23, 2012 at 06:27 #

    Why it sounds to me like you just went hog wild! Have you no sense of restraint? The sun must have driven you mad!


  19. Three Well Beings August 23, 2012 at 06:28 #

    Beautiful photos, and I like waterfalls! 🙂 You are a fun-filled family! And you even take the dogs. Good people you! Debra


  20. grannymar August 23, 2012 at 07:24 #

    It was a rainfall holiday you chose unlike those who go on a sunshine holiday to Spain etc? I love to dance & sing (?) at a moments notice, I’m not crazy. Am I?


  21. colonialist August 23, 2012 at 08:46 #

    I can watch the sea and waterfalls for ages. Just funny like that. Lovely spot.
    I can tell you had Wales of a time! (Even for me, that one is too really awful.)


  22. eof737 August 23, 2012 at 14:17 #

    I still love waterfalls… memorable to me. 😉


  23. restlessjo August 23, 2012 at 20:08 #

    Did somebody mention throwing water? No, it was throwing laughter. Much better! All families should perform YMCA by waterfalls. The world would be a better place.


  24. idiosyncratic eye September 3, 2012 at 22:13 #

    I love the YMCA photo. 🙂



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